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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Black Holes...

     Having studied Physics and Astronomy almost all my life, I thought black holes existed in the sky only.

    Well, this past Tuesday that theory went out the window in Scarsdale.

    This is the e-mail I sent to our Board, Tuesday  morning, January 31st, with copies to Steve Pappalardo, our Village Manager and Mr. Wayne Esannason,our Village Attorney:

On Jan 31, 2017, at 8:01 AM, Lika L. Levi <lika@save-scarsdale.org> wrote:

 Subject; 53 Old Orchard Lane, 12 Dolma Road and FOIL request

Mayor and Village Board,

The homes above which came recently in front of the CHP and the Village Board are one of a kind treasures. 

Just like a Picasso cannot be duplicated now, you cannot buy or build another 53 Old Orchard or 12 Dolma. The architect Jules Gregory ( architect Jules Gregory) is long gone and so is Walter J. Collet. You can look them up and read about them on the Internet.

We are very lucky to have such treasures right on our roads for all to admire. Yes, they are part of our national heritage, culture.  You have no right to issue a Certificate of Appropriateness ( very inappropriate, in my opinion), or other such euphemism obscuring the true reality betraying your true fiduciary responsibilities.

On the contrary you have to take every measure available to you and ensure these treasures and others like them are with us forever.

Please put in legislation deterring accidental demolishment and such… 

What is the value of a Picasso ? How much are they insured for ? Can you ever duplicate a house from 1924 or a Collet or a Jules Gregory ? Or a Zaha Hadid. She too is dead and has stopped contributing to our national heritage. Too bad we have no Zaha Hadids that I know of here in Scarsdale or Frank Gehrys. But we can preserve what we have. The CHP’s or the VB’s actions leave a lot to be desired. Time to legislate, to govern in the way you should in  this town, this country, at this time.

Towards that goal, I am hereby requesting a FOIL on all e-mail correspondence among the Mayor, VB, all Village Hall departments going back a month,  starting January1st, for now.

Except Tax Assessor’s office.  I am requesting access only to the ones you are not making available to Mayra Kirkendall-Rodriguez ( as I am told you are withholding some FOIL’ed e-mails from her ) . All this should be available as of 9:30 a.m. this morning with a confirmation sent to me.

All such e-mail  further has to be available on the Village website under the  written correspondence tab, with a special tab correspondence among the Mayor, the VB and Village departments just like you have my e-mails to you listed. All these e-mails have to be available to the public as of 9:30 a.m. this morning January 31, 2017.

Looking forward to reading all these e-mails.

Let me know time and date of meetings for new legislation to finally change code 182-5 A and B - Criteria to determine historical importance as soon as possible.

With many thanks,

    Lika L. Levi
 Office: (914) 722-0004
 Fax: (914) 722-0005
 Home: (914) 725-9119

I saw almost all of them Tuesday morning at Village Hall since I was there for another matter ( more on that on a subsequent post )  at about 10:30 a.m. They were there, I think, at 10:30 a.m. for a Finance Committee meeting all day till 8:00 p.m. ( that is what the notice said, downstairs)  to discuss our Budget... Bob Harrison was hurrying to the meeting as well, as usual with a fat folder under his arms.

       So, they were all well and alive and not lost somewhere.

This is the e-mail I sent to Mr. Esannason, our Village Attorney:

On Jan 31, 2017, at 9:55 AM, Lika L. Levi <lika@save-scarsdale.org> wrote:

Mr. Esannason,

Please let me know when my FOIL request is up on the Village website and available.

Thank you,

With best wishes, always,

    Lika L. Levi
 Office: (914) 722-0004
 Fax: (914) 722-0005
 Home: (914) 725-9119

When I did not hear from him by 2:23 p.m. on Tuesday, I called his office and left a message with Samantha, his assistant.

    As of 6:40 a.m. on Thursday morning, February 2nd when I am writing this post, still nothing from Village Hall. Yet, this is exactly the way we feel not this time but at all times when we deal with our government. They acknowledge they received our e-mail, report, etc, you are led to believe they will deal with it, you get busy with other urgent matters in your life, they get on with their agenda. Nothing happens. You follow up almost four years later to find out, nothing has been done.

  Now, I do not even get an acknowledgement, because I asked Mr. Mark not to send me one any more. By sending me that acknowledgement they were getting a license to dismiss it altogether. They would acknowledge and then nothing would happen. I suggested instead to get an automated robot response acknowledgement e-mail, so that then he ( they )  could concentrate on the real human, response.

     But I guess he has become a robot, I do not seem to be able to get a human response from him or them. Yeah, that is what happens when you commit yourself to so much work, so much responsibility. You become a robot. Acknowledge is all you can do.

   Please think Mr. Mayor, think of ways to get us all out of this Black Hole. Black Holes do not belong on earth. They belong in the sky.

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